Record Details

NHER Number:42237
Type of record:Monument
Name:Probable site of Bronze Age round barrow


A ring ditch, probably the remains of a Late Neolithic or Bronze Age round barrow, is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs. It is one of several ring ditches to be identified in this area; others include NHER 12179 115m to the southwest and NHER 18341 520m to the south. Collectively, these ring ditches almost certainly represent a dispersed group of prehistoric funerary monuments.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 4906 1525
Map Sheet:TG41NE

Full description

December 2005. Norfolk NMP.
A ring ditch is visible as a cropmark on an aerial photograph (S1), centred at TG 4907 1525. It is most likely to represent the remains of a prehistoric burial mound, one of several to be identified in the area. Its rather oval shape and relatively large size (compared to NHER 12179, for example) indicates that it could be of Late Neolithic to Bronze Age date. It is crossed by several linear ditches (part of NHER 19534) which have been interpreted as medieval to post medieval field boundaries. The fact that they do not respect the barrow site suggests that it had already been levelled by the time they were laid out, or that it was deliberately ignored.

The rather fragmentary ring ditch is oval in shape and is double ditched on its northeast side at least. It measures approximately 48.5m long and 39.5m wide. It should be noted that it is only convincing as an archaeological feature on one aerial photograph and that consequently the possibility that it is in fact a product of modern agricultural activity cannot be ruled out.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 20 December 2005.

Monument Types

  • RING DITCH (Unknown date)
  • RING DITCH (Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 701 BC)
  • ROUND BARROW (Late Neolithic to Late Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status


Sources and further reading

<S1>Oblique Aerial Photograph: CUCAP. 1973. CUCAP (BOB69) 05-JUL-1973 SNF13062 Aerial Photograph TG4818 A, OS AP 72 018 103, 104; TG4819 A,F-G; CUCAP BOB 88=TG4819B,C.

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